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PURPOSE: To introduce the rider and/or horse to the sport of dressage. To show understanding of riding the horse forward with a steady tempo into an elastic contact with independent, steady hands and a correctly balanced seat. To show proper geometry of figures in the arena with correct bend (corners and circles).RIDER #6753
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NAME:Jennie Palmer
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JUDGE:Charlotte Trentelman
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Points Possible:
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Final Score: 72.813%
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USDF INTRODUCTORY LEVEL – TEST A
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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1A

Between X & C
Enter working trot rising.

Medium walk.
Straightness on centerline and in transition; clear trot and walk rhythm.88Straight and forward,
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2C

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Track right.

Working trot rising.
Balance and bend in turn. Quality of transition.7.57.5Quiet and prompt. Walk steps could be more active.
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3ACircle right 20 meters, working trot rising.Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.77Slight stiff in poll. Keep neck straighter between reins.
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4K-X-MChange rein.Clear trot rhythm and straightness on diagonal; bend through corners.7.57.5Forward. Could be a little more supple over topline.
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5CCircle left 20 meters, working trot rising.Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.77A bit braced in this direction. Could show a little more bend.
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6Between C & HMedium walk.Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.7.57.5Clear rhythm.
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7H-X-FFree walk.Complete freedom to stretch neck forward and downward; clear walk rhythm, straightness on the diagonal; ground cover.5.55.5Clear rhythm. But, must create downward stretch in free walk.
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8F-A




A
Medium walk.




Down centerline
Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm, bending in corner and turn.

Straightness on centerline.
7.57.5Bending well. Could march forward more.
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9XHalt and salute.Straightness; willing, balanced transition at halt.77Could be more balanced behind in halt.
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Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
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COLLECTIVE MARKSPOINTSTOTALREMARKS
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1GaitsFreedom and regularity7.57.5
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2ImpulsionDesire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.77Back needs to be more supple, walk could march more.
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3SubmissionAcceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.7.5215Braces in poll, but, attentive and confident.
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4Rider’s Position and SeatKeeping in balance with the horse7.57.5Balanced, quiet seat.
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5Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the AidsCorrect bend and preparation of transitions77Aids need to be timed to encourage more stretch over topline to softer connection.
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6Geometry and AccuracyCorrect size and shape of circles and turns88
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Further Remarks:
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POINTS:116.5
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:116.5
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SCORE:72.813%
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Hi Points: An accurate test that shows confidence and ability. Horse stays straight to aids and shows some correct bend.


Lo Points: Horse tends to brace in reins and needs to be encouraged to stretch more over topline.

Overall Observations: At this level, you don't have to go very deeply into corners. Instead, it's preferable to show a little difference between corners and circles--and keep the energy more forward and smooth. Ask for more activity in walk. It will help you make more balanced halts. Your focus should be to establish a softer connection and downward stretch.

Exercises: At the walk, allow more rein and use a light, but quick, leg (like a little drumstick, nothing hard). Be careful not to overuse your seat in the walk. It should be soft and following. Too much seat will raise the horse's poll, so keep it light. If the horse breaks into a trot, keep your leg on. Regroup your reins and settle, then ask again. You don't want the horse to train you to take your leg off--you want to train the horse to accept a light active leg that helps the walk.

For better stretches you need to give the reins away and retake them. Really show a loop in the rein. At the walk, give the inside rein for three strides, then softly take back the rein. Then, do the same thing on the outside rein. Then push both hands forward, and retake. Repeat this a few times before going to the trot. Repeat at the trot, too. Be sure you are not gripping hard with your knees--your legs should feel like a wet bath towel over the horse's back. Use them lightly if needed. Again, if the horse tends to raise its poll, be sure that you are not over active with your seat.

This exercise can be taken to the canter when you are ready. When you get to the point where you are giving both reins an added plus is that you will feel how much support your seat needs to give the horse to develop movement that is "in front of the aids" and self-carrying.
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